THIS year’s Creetown Gala was a huge hit thanks to the hard work of the local community and committee, said organisers this week. Chairman Rab Ross has praised those who gave time to ensure a smooth week of fun and events around the town.
Rab said: “It was a tremendous week, we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout and the help that we received by folk locally was just fantastic. I drove past one evening and there were young lads up ladders reattaching bunting that had fallen down. They’d spotted them and off their own backs made sure it was fixed. People just did what they could to make it work.”
Rain put a stop to the car treasure hunt and bowling competition but numbers attending the pet show on Tuesday were sky high with 32 dogs, a cat, hamsters and even a ferret. Rab said the ceilidh was a huge success, with a number of people having to be turned away from the Country Music Shindig as it filled up so fast.
The gala day itself had a miserable start with showers in the morning. But by the time the parade began, the sun shone. Rab said: “Someone was looking over us that day.”
The decorated lorries and fancy dress, along with Ferry Queen Maura Wilson and her entourage, were on display and a great entry for the fancy dress and lorries was welcomed.
And is the committee ready for next year? “I think we’ll need a wee break before we start looking at 2012,” Rab said. “But it seemed to be popular so hopefully there’ll be similar support.”
From August 5-7, Creetown Church hosted a successful flower festival involving local groups including: Balloch Wood Community Woodland, Creetown Country Dancers, Creetown History Group, Wigtownshire Woodcarving Group, Kirkmabreck Quilters, Kirkmabreck Curlers, Kirkmabreck Church Guild, Creetown Stitchers, Creetown Heri- tage Museum, Creetown Community Council, Greenview Evangelical Church and Creetown Football Club. Each group produced their own display which depicted their particular activity.
Visitors enjoyed spectacular floral displays and discovered what a wide range of clubs and activities take place in and around Creetown.